Talk:Nasopharynx cancer

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The statement: " This is largely due to the South East Asian diet which typically includes consumption of salted vegetables, fish and meat." has no reference to back it up, and I have read that the cause of the elevated rates of this cancer in Asia is unknown. It's anecdotal to blame it on the diet (although diet is of course a viable theory). There's a throat cancer in the same area that's blamed on "thousand-year-old" eggs, and other fermented foods.

By the way, Babe Ruth died of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (and underwent experimental treatment for it). It might be a good idea to add that to this wiki entry. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:18, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Well, IARC lists Chinese style salted fish as a carcinogen for nasopharyngeal carcinoma.--Jsjsjs1111 (talk) 06:51, 28 July 2012 (UTC)

Someone reported a possible copyright problem to WP:CP.

It appears that this edit (and maybe others) introduced material verbatim from this source

The article indicates it is Open Access. There terms are here. I am not convinced this is fully compatible with out licensing requirements but will check with our resident expert. However, at a minimum it needs citation. I'd prefer to let editors conversant with the subject matter make any necessary changes, so I will contact the top three contributors to this article, but anyone reading this, feel free to fix.--SPhilbrick(Talk) 00:45, 30 March 2013 (UTC)

I checked with Monnriddengirl, who confirmed my concern that the licensing is not compatible, so the included material has to go. It would be best if a subject matter expert did it, because they could rewrite appropriately.--SPhilbrick(Talk) 00:18, 31 March 2013 (UTC)
I removed this section, leaving the reference instead, as well as another copypasted section. My understanding is that the article is now clean.--Ymblanter (talk) 13:33, 8 April 2013 (UTC)


I am, by no means, an expert on this topic, but my mother was the first American woman to get this form of cancer. My uncle, her brother, is a leukemia survivor, and he has an interesting theory. Both of them grew up in the 30s and 40s, so they had many friends in their age groups and a disproportionate amount of them came down with a wide variety of cancers that just don't fit into the general mode of that particular form of cancer. (Sort of like my mother was Caucasian, American, and obviously a woman, so she shouldn't have been susceptible to that kind of cancer.) While they were growing up, many American scientists were experimenting with what do with radioactive particles. (They weren't just making atomic bombs then.) It was also common for kids to have their tonsils removed, and, in that era, they used radiation to remove them. Mom and her brother both had theirs removed that way.

So, along with location, diet, and such, would you check to see if that's a possible cause? I'm not saying it is, but I'm about as inept at science as Dopey (one of the Seven Dwarfs), possibly more so, since at least he knew how to mine. lol

Also, I'd like there to be more defined parameters on the curability rate of the disease at this time. (Mom had it in the early 1970s, so she didn't have any chance to be cured, except if one of the trial drugs worked. They didn't.) Also a bit more about the heredity factor, since telling me it simply could be inherited doesn't help much. For instance, we know hemophilia is inherited, and which genes are required. (Well, at least I know it's inherited. Again, bad at science, so I don't know which genes.) I've now lived 16 years longer than Mom did and you taught me that my chances are seriously slim environmentally, but I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering.

On a good note: Babe Ruth died from it? Mom was a big baseball fan, so she would have found that comforting in a weird kind of way. (She wasn't your normal woman. That I did inherit. lol)

Thanks for the article. Now I know what to tell doctors when they ask, besides "some kind of cancer in the neck that only Asians got, until Mom got it." (talk) 21:45, 8 March 2015 (UTC)